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Building Blocks for Science Students (BSC100)

Organisational Unit College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Now more than ever we look to science to help overcome major challenges facing the world we live in. Effective preparation for science requires an understanding of the scientific method and skills. This unit will facilitate your transition into university and give you the framework of skills you need for lifelong learning including: literacy, numeracy and information technology; the ability to collect, analyse and evaluate information; think clearly, critically and creatively; and discipline-specific skills in scholarly research, communication and ethical practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Explain the scientific method and demonstrate its application.
2. Understand and identify appropriate mathematical tools to interpret and assess experimental data.
3. Understand and apply the rules of academic integrity, by:
a. adhering to the principles of referencing and applying a citation method to these principles; and
b. respecting the importance of the validity of sources used.
4. Appreciate and show knowledge of the ethical issues underpinning science.
5. Learn autonomously, by:
a. thinking and reading critically; and
b. engaging in self-management, organisation, and critical reflection.
6. Effectively explain scientific data, information, and arguments to both scientific peer groups and the broader community in written, oral and interpersonal formats through:
a. producing summaries and critical analyses of lectures and readings;
b. producing reviews of scientific literature, e.g. as contextual introductions to laboratory reports;
c. providing assessment feedback to peers; and
d. working in a team to produce an analysis or evaluation of scientific technical data or principles.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to introduce students to science skills through lectures and online presentations and to allow students to practice these skills within tutorials. These skills are further developed through a series of related assessments which bring together a number of skills.
Assessment Assessments are grouped into the following four categories with prescribed weights as shown: Tutorial Participation - (5%); Skills (25%): Scientific Report (40%); and an Examination (30%).
The tutorial mark is based on active participation within the tutorial. The Skills category consists of three sections. The first section assesses basic numeracy skills. The second section assesses critical reading, writing and referencing skills. The final section assesses oral presentation skills. The Report brings together all of the skills developed throughout the unit to analyse and present scientific data. There are two parts. Part A consists of the preliminary sections of the report, with feedback given prior to submitting the entire report for Part B. The final exam brings together and assesses all skills taught within the unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Animal Science, Bachelor of Environmental Management, Bachelor of Environmental Science, Bachelor of Extractive Metallurgy, Bachelor of Forensics, Bachelor of Information Technology Management, Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Sports Science, Bachelor of Technology in Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Sustainability, Bachelor Of Sport And Exercise Science, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc, BSc) or Bachelor Of Sport And Exercise Science/Graduate Diploma In Clinical Exercise Physiology, B1355 Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed a Foundation Unit (units beginning with FDN) may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) [New in 2018]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Business Information Systems (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc)+(BClinChiro) [New in 2015]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Computer Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Cyber Security and Forensics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Games Software Design and Production (BSc) [New in 2014]
Games Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internetworking and Network Security (BSc) [New in 2014]
Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mobile and Web Application Development (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Psychology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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